Continuing as Cadillac's only open-air offering, the XLR competes with other long-established premium
convertibles in a battle to regain the company's world-class status. With a potent V8 engine, a Corvette-derived chassis and a retractable hardtop as slick as it is practical, the XLR is certainly a contender. But, in this league, name recognition is just as important as performance and price. Of course, the premium
convertible market is a small slice of the pie and, with such a short list of competitors, XLR sales should continue to gain momentum. The only thing we can see holding back sales might be the high price tag some may feel the XLR has yet to earn.
The XLR lineup is now comprised of two models: The ultra-luxury Platinum model and the high-performance XLR-V. Minor styling changes include revised front and rear fascias, new chrome side vents and a host of interior updates and improvements. The bulging hood previously unique to the V-Series is now featured on both trims.
Cadillac now offers a limited-edition Alpine White model and has improved the XLR's Magnetic Ride Control system. Expanded color choices, a heated steering wheel and optional 18-inch chrome wheels finish out the changes.
There are two new Limited Edition trims: Platinum and Passion Red. On the technical front, a new six-speed automatic replaces last year's five-speed, while the seventh-generation OnStar service is added to the standard-equipment list.